Smoky Mountains Vacation Itinerary – Day 2


Yesterday’s Smoky Mountains Itinerary was the National Park now lets talk about the other park nearby…..Dollywood!

Spanning 150 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides, 15 exceptional shows, five of the South’s largest festivals, Southern-style dining, and the friendliest employees in the world! Plus, Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park features 35 acres of thrilling attractions, dining options, canopies and retreats, and beautiful scenery, this award-winning water park has something for everyone.

Here are a few of tips for saving money and time when visiting Dollywood:

1) Dollywood doesn’t open until 10:00am and that gives you plenty of time to have a fantastic breakfast. Either eat at the cabin or we suggest Crocketts 1875 Breakfast Camp in Gatlinburg. We’ve raved about this place in previous Facebook posts because it’s our favorite. The food is incredible (the cinnamon rolls & griddle cakes are amazing), the portions are huge and the prices are fair for what you get. Most importantly, get here early!  Crockett’s is a very popular place during the busy season.

2) Save on parking…Just to park at Dollywood, standard vehicles cost $12 and oversized vehicles cost $18. You can easily save that money by parking your car for free at Patriot Park and catching a ride on the Pigeon Forge trolley. The trolley only costs approximately $1 per person, you’ll get the experience of riding the trolley, plus they trolley will drop you off right at the main gate. When you park in the parking lot, you can either walk to the main entrance or wait for the tram to pick you up at one of the designated tram stops.

3) If you drive to Dollywood, pack your lunch in a cooler and leave it in your car and eat in the parking lot. You’ll save a fortune over eating inside the park.

4) If you’re only spending one day at Dollywood and want to maximize your experience consider buying a TimeSaver Line Management Pass. TimeSaver allows you expedited access to lines at select* rides and shows. While all rides and shows are still free with your paid admission, TimeSaver helps you maximize your visit so you can spend less time waiting in line.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting an example of day three of your Smoky Mountains Itinerary.

I hope you found these few tips useful!


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